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Selena Royle

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Selena Royle (November 6, 1904 – April 23, 1983) was an American actress (of stage, radio, television and film), and later, an author. Royle was born in New York City to playwright Edwin Milton Royle and actress Selena Fetter (April 12, 1860 - May 10, 1955). She had an older sister, Josephine Fetter Royle (1901–1992). Her mother recounted in a newspaper article that she used to take Selena along with her to her rehearsals and performances. One night, then seven-year-old Selena went missing. While the mother frantically searched for her, holding up act two, the audience became restless. The youngster finally turned up - she had gone on stage dressed in her mother's second-act costume; she made a bow, much to the audience's amusement. She later remarked, "And that is the first time I was ever on stage, and I liked it so well I stayed." Her father wrote the 1921 Broadway play Lancelot and Elaine to provide both her and sister Josephine with their first professional roles, as Guinevere and Elaine respectively. Eventually, she landed a part on her own in the 1923 Theatre Guild production of Peer Gynt, with Joseph Schildkraut, and became a respected Broadway actress. She made one film in the 1930s, Misleading Lady, but otherwise worked on the stage and on radio. Royle began her radio career in 1926 or 1927 and performed "almost continuously since", according to a 1939 newspaper item. Her body of work includes playing the title role in Hilda Hope, M.D. She also played Martha Jackson in Woman of Courage, Mrs. Allen in Against the Storm, Joan in The O'Neills, and Mrs. Gardner in Betty and Bob, and appeared in Kate Hopkins. In the 1940s, she returned to film and had a successful run, mainly playing maternal characters such as the bereaved mother of The Fighting Sullivans (1944), mother to Jane Powell in the big screen adaptation of A Date with Judy (1948) and the title character's mother opposite Ingrid Bergman as Joan of Arc (1948). She made several appearances on early television. However, in 1951, when she refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. She sued the American Legion, which had published Red Channels, in which her name was listed, and won but her acting career ended. She made only three more roles, the last being Murder Is My Beat (1955). She also wrote several books, including Guadalajara: as I Know It, Live It, Love It (which went through several editions) and a couple of cookbooks, and some magazine articles. She was the "radio editor" of the short-lived New York periodical Swank.

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Nov 6, 1904 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Misleading Lady 1932-04-15
Latest Project:
Movie That's Entertainment! 1974-06-21
Known For
Poster of That's Entertainment!
Poster of Joan of Arc
Poster of The Harvey Girls
Poster of Main Street After Dark
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) (uncredited) 1974-06-21
Movie Murder Is My Beat Beatrice Abbott 1955-02-27
Movie Robot Monster Mother 1953-06-25
Movie Come Fill The Cup Mrs. Dolly Copeland 1951-10-24
Movie He Ran All the Way Mrs. Dobbs 1951-06-20
Movie The Damned Don't Cry Patricia Longworth 1950-04-07
Movie The Big Hangover Kate Mahoney 1950-05-26
Movie Branded Mrs. Lavery 1950-11-03
Movie Bad Boy Judge Florence Prentiss 1949-02-22
Movie My Dream Is Yours Freda Hofer 1949-04-15
Movie The Heiress Elizabeth Almond 1949-10-06
Movie You're My Everything Mrs. Adams 1949-06-29
Movie Smart Woman Mrs. Wayne 1948-04-30
Movie You Were Meant for Me Cora Mayhew 1948-01-28
Movie Summer Holiday Mrs. Essie Miller 1948-04-15
Movie A Date with Judy Mrs. Foster 1948-07-29
Movie Joan of Arc Isabelle d'Arc, Joan's Mother 1948-12-22
Movie Moonrise Aunt Jessie 1948-10-01
Movie The Romance of Rosy Ridge Sairy MacBean 1947-08-04
Movie Cass Timberlane Louise Wargate 1947-11-06
Movie Night and Day Kate Porter 1946-07-02
Movie No Leave, No Love Mrs. Hanlon 1946-03-10
Movie The Harvey Girls Miss Bliss 1946-01-18
Movie The Green Years Mama Leckie 1946-07-04
Movie Courage of Lassie Mrs. Merrick 1946-11-08
Movie Gallant Journey Mrs. Zachary Montgomery 1946-09-24
Movie Till the End of Time Mrs. Kincheloe 1946-07-23
Movie Main Street After Dark 'Ma' Abby Dibson 1945-01-01
Movie This Man's Navy Maude Weaver 1945-01-04
Movie The Fighting Sullivans Mrs. Alleta Sullivan 1944-02-03
Movie Mrs. Parkington Mattie Trounson 1944-10-12
Movie Stage Door Canteen Selena Royle 1943-06-24
Movie The Misleading Lady Alice Connell 1932-04-15